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Vergil Project Report Actual

Vergil Project Report Actual

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Published by: Vladimir Morales on Nov 20, 2012
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Verification of a Thermal Model for AffordableSolar-Assisted Biogas Digesters in Cold Climates
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Vergil C. Weatherford
B.S.E, Duke University, 2005A project submitted to theFaculty of the Graduate School of theUniversity of Colorado in partial fulfillmentof the requirements for the degree of Master of ScienceDepartment of Civil Engineering2010
 
This project entitled:
Verification of a Thermal Model for AffordableSolar-Assisted Biogas Digesters in Cold Climates
written by Vergil C. Weatherfordhas been approved for the Department of Civil EngineeringProf. Z. John ZhaiProf. Michael BrandemuehlJaime Mart´ı HerreroDateThe final copy of this project has been examined by the signatories, and we find that both thecontent and the form meet acceptable presentation standards of scholarly work in the abovementioned discipline.
 
iiiWeatherford, Vergil C. (M.S., Building Systems)
Verification of a Thermal Model for AffordableSolar-Assisted Biogas Digesters in Cold Climates
Project directed by Prof. Z. John ZhaiEnergy sources are scarce in the high mountains of the developing world. Solar-assistedbiogas digesters have recently been adapted to this climate providing an alternative cooking fuelfor some farmers, but little is known about the thermal performance of these digesters. Internalslurry temperature is one of the important design factors in biodigesters. In this work, an existing 1-Dimensional thermal computer simulation model is adapted to a particular experimental biodigesterin Cusco, Per´u and is shown to predict thermal performance reasonably well. A set of designrecommendations for small-scale, cold-climate digesters is presented based on parametric runs of the model considering multiple design parameters.

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